From Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer, Tuners
PANArt Hangbau AG, Bern, Switzerland
Balu is the comprehensive term for a sound body consisting of the instruments Balu Sei, Balu Sai, Balu Sui and Godo. The video shows the PANArt tuners playing the instruments.
A design must be registered before a public presentation of an object. PANArt did not do this with the famous Hang sound sculpture. In certain countries, however, copyright protection applies, for example in Switzerland.
Hammer Blows – A Jubilee Song
PANArt Hang Manufacturing Ltd. was founded in 1993. The Hang sound sculpture was developed in 2000. The first Balu Band is just born.
Vocals, Hang Godo: Sabina Schärer – Vocals, Hang Balu Sai: David Rohner – Vocals, Hang Balu Sei: Basil Rohner – Vocals, Hang Balu Sui: Felix Rohner – Video: Basil Rohner
About the rights and the philosophy of PANArt
This article is intended to contribute to a better understanding of PANArt's position and to clear up misunderstandings.
Time has come to present a short track – To inform that PANArt is under legal attack – We've decided to fight peacefully back – To open a debate, to get feedback – Sharing with the whole world some ideas – Some knowledge and some fears.
On April 20th, 2017 the PANArt Pang ensemble played at Bern's cinema premiere of SPIRA MIRABILIS, a film of the award-winning documentary filmmakers Massimo D’Anolfi and Martina Parenti.
In Switzerland the DVD of the film can be ordered on www.filmbringer.ch or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org stating the delivery address. The DVD costs CHF 30.00 plus CHF 2.40 VAT and CHF 3.50 shipping costs.
The documentary was awarded the Bernese film award 2017. The award ceremony has taken place on 14.11.2017, 19:30 in the Big Hall of the Reitschule Bern.
Lyrics and vocals: Felix Rohner – Hang Bal, Hang Godo, Hang Gede: PANArt Pangensemble – Video: Basil Rohner
In remembrance of my grandfather who during my school holydays let me be a part of his daily work as a sheet metal worker, I dedicate this song to all sheet metal sound workers around the world.
In our new section Instruments we provide an overview of the various Pang instruments currently built by PANArt. In this context we also present you with our newest instrument, the Hang® Gede.
We only tune the sound sculptures Hang® Bal, Gubal® and Hang® from owners who have entered into an agreement with us. Hang® includes the Integral and the Free Integral Hang®.
Subsequent owners of these instruments are only eligible to have their instruments repaired if the agreement was taken over correctly from the original buyer.
If you need a repair, please contact us by E-Mail.
For many years now Michael Paschko from Dortmund has been documenting and commenting on the work of PANArt Hang Manufacturing Ltd. His website www.hangblog.org has become an essential source of information on our activities – not to be missed! The site has just been relaunched with up-to-date content and a new layout.
In 1976 the steelpan arrived in Bern. In 2016 PANArt introduced the Hang Bal. From the “round the neck” steelband via the Hang to the “round the shoulder” Hang Bal Spiel.
With footage and photos from PANArt's archive, Basil Rohner's video gives us an overview of 40 years of work on the ring of steel.
First experiences with the Hang® Bal in a larger group of players confirmed our expectations towards our new sound sculpture. For whom is the Hang® Bal suitable?
The PANArt tuner team presents its new sound sculpture: the Hang® Bal. Hang® Bal playing is a dance. The player himself or herself becomes an instrument. Hang® Bal playing allows space for the individual based on a collective groove. Together, a free round dance arises. Whoever has music inside will find a place here.
The Hang® Bal enjoys design protection in many countries.